I listened to the Writing Excuses podcast this week about Alpha readers as I'm doing final copyedits to the Galley pages of Cargon. I wish I'd gotten more people to read the full manuscript. Several people read the 10K word excerpt that I entered in Jennifer McBay Barry's Keys to the Kingdom Contest, and I received great response on it, but as I put the final touches on it, I feel tentative.
I imagine this is probably common among writers. You fuss and muss and pull here, push there, never quite finishing with that document. Yet, the time comes when you can't make major changes anymore.
I'm flashing back to my high school days where I could edit the point right out of my essay. Tack enough bells and whistles onto my science project that the experiment got lost. Change enough that nothing of the base remains and the house of cards falls.
I have to step back and let it stand - wobbly, but standing - and let it go. I'm nearly there. I'm still second-guessing myself, but I'm nearly there. She's shaking less than I expected.
Anyone else have this problem? Am I right that it's not uncommon? Or am I the only author who wonders if they're cutting the cord too soon?